Kindred spirits: LCD Soundsystem,
Holy Ghost!, Carl Craig
Show: On Thursday with Project-U and Steven Faith at U Street Music Hall. Show starts at 9 p.m. 202-588-1880. www.ustreetmusichall.com. $15.
EDM, or electronic dance music, has more pockets than a pair of cargo pants: There’s house, drum-n-bass, dubstep and techno, each of which has spawned roughly a million of its own microgenres. The brisk, metronomic beats of London trio Factory Floor fall somewhere into that woozy ether into a sub-sub-genre known as minimal tech, whose purposeful thumps and tings sound like a repetitive stress injury to the ears. But for finding a groove on the dance floor, in the bathroom of a Miami dance club or deep in the recesses of your own mind, there’s nothing quite like it.
On their debut “Factory Floor,” guitarist-vocalist Nik Colk Void, drummer Gabe Gurnsey and synth player Dominic Butler deliver such sounds with assembly-line precision. In “Turn It Up,” one of the album’s most mechanical tracks, Void’s plaintive vocals — more abstract than lyrical — skip across the beats like an effect. Better is “Fall Back,” which starts and stalls, its vocals alternately fading and pitching forward, deliberately delaying the gratification of its seven-minute dance. It’s catchy and slow-burn, a clear descendant of the LCD Soundsystem anthem “Losing My Edge.”
It’s perhaps no surprise then that “Factory Floor” is the trio’s first outing on DFA Records, the savvy label whose founders include LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. DFA has defined itself as one of the most concisely curated dance labels around, particularly if you favor the disco-minimalism and hand claps of, say, Holy Ghost! over the chronic bipolarity of Skrillex. Factory Floor’s self-titled album — brisk, bright, almost obsessive-
compulsive in its slickness — fits right in.